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The Video Does Not Show a PIJ Rocket Hitting Jabalya

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
8th August 2022
The Video Does Not Show a PIJ Rocket Hitting Jabalya
The video is not from Jabalya, Gaza (Twitter).

The Claim

The video shows an errant rocket fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad hitting Jabalya, Northern Gaza.

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Many social media users have recently circulated a video purporting that it shows a rocket misfired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) falling on Jabalya in Gaza, killing children. The video allegedly exonerates the Israeli Forces.

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The video does not show the location where the massacre of Palestinian civilians took place in front of the Martyr Imad Aqel Mosque in Jabalya camp in northern Gaza.

Al Jazeera broadcast a report of the massacre, a day after it happened, during the speech of the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ziyad Al-Nakhala. Misbar closely inspected the site of the event shown on the broadcast. In the video, Gaza City Hall and the "Adel" building appear in the Palestine Square [Al Saha] area of Gaza City, and not in the area of the Jabalya camp.

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Misbar compared between the two clips. The first video is from Israeli accounts claiming it was from the massacre in Jabalya camp, and the second from the live broadcast of Al Jazeera channel. It is evident that despite the difference in the quality of the image, the frames are identical. 

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Photo Description: Photos of the “Adel” building.

As can be seen on Google Maps, the distance between the massacre site in Jabalya camp and the Gaza city center is about six kilometers. 

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Although Misbar was unable to confirm the origins of the missile in the circulating video, Misbar’s team confirms that the video is not from the Jabalya camp in Gaza.

An Israeli Attack on Gaza

The claim is circulating after the last Israeli assault on Gaza, which began on August 6, 2022. At least 31 people, including six children, have been killed. According to the Israel Forces, it could take a week for its "pre-emptive" strike against Palestinian Islamic Jihad to be successful.

In its report at the time, Al Jazeera quoted Palestinian sources saying that an explosion was the result of an Israeli raid on a group of citizens in Jabalya camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Israeli army claimed that its last attack on Jabalya was in broad daylight, the army alleged that an errant missile launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is responsible for the death of children. 

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While bombing Gaza City on Friday, Israeli forces killed Islamic Jihad's northern commander, Tayssir Al-Jabari. As a response, resistance factions fired missiles over a three-day period.

Three days after the start of the Israeli military operation on the Strip, a ceasefire was announced between the Islamic Jihad movement and the Israeli occupation. 

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the total death toll rose to 44 citizens, including 15 children, 4 ladies, and 360 civilians were wounded.

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